Erin Naegle

Erin Naegle

Courses I teach at Columbia College:
Biology 4:
Principles of Evolution & Zoology - we explore the mechanisms of evolution and how animals work (from the inside out!)

Biology 10: Human Anatomy - targeted for future health care workers and anyone interested in learning more about the human body

Biology 17: Fundamentals of Biology - a general bio course for those who have aspirations that do not include becoming a biologist. We discuss how biology relates to relevant topics like: genetics, GMO's, cancer, stem cells, climate change, and biodiversity. 

Biology 50: Nutrition - we learn about the fundamentals of what makes a healthy diet and why. Short version: eat your VEGGIES!


I spent many hours of my youth scrapping around the mountainous deserts of central eastern Utah. I continue to scrap about the Sierra, and am prone to scraping knees. My time in the wild has taught me about the simultaneous fragility and resilience of life, a nuanced duality that led me to study biology as a student and now teacher. I am fascinated about all things biological, from hydrogen bonds to biomes. I feel lucky to have landed at Columbia College, where I continue to feed my curiosity about the world and am grateful the role students have in teaching me new marvelous findings and perspectives.

After completing a Bachelors in Crop Science at Utah State University and a 5 year stint at North Carolina State University working on various projects such as growing wheat in space, analyzing protein profiles in soybean seedlings, and researching ways to improve plants' tolerance to highly saline soils I shifted my focus from plant physiology research to teaching biology. I moved to Idaho where I earned a Doctor of Arts in Biology, which is a degree that focuses on teaching biology to college students.